Martin George

Should all teachers receive training in early years?

Sir David Carter’s idea wins broad support, but some say it simply isn’t practical

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Many experienced teachers work with pupils whose Reception class days are far behind them, but would they benefit from a better understanding of the foundations on which they are building?

The national schools commissioner has called for just that: early years to be a “prerequisite” part of every teacher’s training, regardless of the phase of education in which they work.

At a recent conference, Sir David Carter set a scene: it was the first Inset day of the new school year, and staff at an academy trust were celebrating a summer of successful A-level results.

The key stage 5 teachers were ...

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